|January 13, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||LMUM|
|FG Percentage||.381 (24-63)||.450 (27-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (6-18)||.375 (6-16)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (12-20)||.808 (21-26)|
HARROGATE, Tenn. - The Newberry College men's basketball team scared conference-best Lincoln Memorial in South Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday night. Newberry (6-10, 1-4 SAC) fell way behind early in the game but mounted a second-half comeback that ultimately came up short.
Newberry appeared awestruck out of the gate and allowed LMU (13-2, 4-1 SAC) to dominate the early going. The Railsplitters outscored Newberry 16-5 in the opening five minutes and led 26-12 midway through the first half. LMU eventually built its lead to 21 points before Newberry mounted an 8-2 run to end the half down 45-30.
Lincoln Memorial's forwards dominated the scarlet and gray in the opening period as the Railsplitters outscored Newberry 26-14 in the paint throughout the first half. LMU's dominant post play allowed them to find high-percentage, close-range shots and went 18-33 (.545) from the field in the first half as a result.
The teams exchanged possessions in the opening minutes of the second half until a Ryan Barnes (Oviedo, Fla.) jump shot embarked Newberry on a 10-0 run. Newberry tightened up its defense under the basket and kept the Railsplitters off of the scoreboard for nearly five minutes.
Barnes led Newberry's comeback efforts from both ends as he created turnovers and knocked down tough baskets. He amassed 10 points, two steals and two rebounds during an 18-6 run that spanned 8:22 and brought Newberry all the way back to within seven points.
LMU responded; however, and unfortunately that was as close as the scarlet and gray would get. LMU reignited their offense and ultimately inflated their lead back to 81-66 by the game's conclusion.
Newberry's post play improved tremendously in the second half as they limited LMU to just 14 points in the paint and outrebounded the Railsplitters in the half. Newberry also held LMU to just 9-27 (.333) from the field in the final period.
Barnes ended the night with 17 points as well as four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Jeremee Davis (Albany, Ga.) scored 11 points and Stephane Bakinde (Yaounde, Cameroon) just missed the double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds. Bakinde had a game-high five assists on the night as well.
Newberry will return to action at home against Tusculum after a week's rest. The scarlet and gray will host the Pioneers on Wednesday, January 20, at 8 p.m.